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OBGYN Westside, PLLC

Obstetrics & Gynecology located on the Upper West Side, New York, NY

Uterine fibroids affect anywhere from 20-80% of women, and many women simply are unaware of them. Asymptomatic fibroids usually do not require treatment, but there are a number of solutions if they do result in bothersome symptoms. For knowledgeable and comprehensive management of problematic fibroids, get in touch with an expert team member at OBGYN Westside on the Upper West Side of New York by phone or online to request an appointment.

Fibroids Q & A

What are uterine fibroids?

Uterine fibroids, also known as leiomyomas, are mostly benign (noncancerous) growths that form along or in the walls of your uterus. Fibroids are very common, especially among women in their 40s and early 50s, and they can range in size from an apple seed on up to a grapefruit.

Clearly, smaller fibroids are less problematic and many women are unaware of their presence. But if uterine fibroids grow in size or number, they can affect your reproductive health, as well as your overall wellness, to varying degrees.

What are the symptoms of uterine fibroids?

If you have problematic fibroids, common signs may include:

  • Heavy or abnormal bleeding
  • Painful periods
  • A “full” feeling in your pelvic region
  • Pain during sex
  • Frequent urination
  • Difficulty emptying your bladder
  • Low back or upper leg pain
  • Constipation

Of course, these symptoms may be the result of another condition and not necessarily fibroids.   You GYN at OBGYN Westside would be able to discuss the cause in your case and together with you provide the best course of treatment. 

What causes uterine fibroids?

The exact cause of uterine fibroids is not known, but studies show that hormones and genetics play key roles. Researchers have also identified several risk factors, including:

  • Age — women in their 40s and early 50s are more susceptible to fibroids
  • Ethnicity — African American women develop fibroids more than other groups
  • Obesity
  • Early menstruation
  • Vitamin deficiencies, especially vitamin D
  • Low consumption of vegetables 

Fibroids differ significantly by their size and location, and treatment is specific for each person.  

How are uterine fibroids managed?

Since there’s no cure for fibroids, treatment comes down to management. After properly diagnosing your fibroids, the team at OBGYN Westside manages fibroids with an integrative approach that may include:

  • Hormonal therapies
  • Lifestyle changes, including dietary changes and weight loss
  • Surgical solutions 

For expert management of your uterine fibroids, call OBGYN Westside or use the online scheduling tool to set up a consultation.

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